Where to Find Local Safety Tips
I’ve always recommended that American travelers look through the State Department’s catalog of information (not just travel advisories) for the country or countries they’ll be visiting. I learned this the hard way years ago after I was duped by some Hungarian girls into going to a bar that tricked tourists into spending 10 times what they should have on booze. Only afterwards did I see that exact scam (and bar) listed on the State Department’s page. Doh!
I’ve learned it’s also a good idea to cross-reference the pages of the local embassies, as well—like the United States Embassy in Italy page. On that page, for example, there are notes about staying away from crowded areas and holiday markets. Also in the Information for Americans section is a note on the Pope’s recent visit to Florence and where visitors could run into congestion. In this crazy day and age you can never be too safe or informed, so be sure to do your research!
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